\ ˈkiln How to pronounce kiln (audio) , ˈkil How to pronounce kiln (audio) \

Definition of kiln

: an oven, furnace, or heated enclosure used for processing a substance by burning, firing, or drying

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kiln transitive verb

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Kiln has been a part of the English language for over 1,000 years, its first known use in Old English (as "cyline") dating back to the early 700s. Unlike many words that descend from Old English, however, "kiln" is not ultimately Germanic in origin but was borrowed from Latin culina, meaning "kitchen," an ancestor of the English word culinary. In the 14th century, speakers of Middle English began to drop the "n" at the end of the word, and even to this day some English speakers pronounce "kiln" so that it rhymes with "mill." In fact, like "kiln," "mill" (from Late Latin molina) was originally spelled and pronounced with a terminal "n." Unlike "mill," however, "kiln" has retained the final "n" in spelling, if not always in pronunciation.

Examples of kiln in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the European Union, which strictly regulates material that can go into landfills, some blades are burned in kilns that create cement or in power plants. Chris Martin, Fortune, "The latest landfill problem comes from the renewable energy industry," 5 Feb. 2020 Available on Amazon, this 11 inch tall ceramic tree is handcrafted and fired in a kiln. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "These Pink Ceramic Trees Are the Cutest Valentine's Day Decorations," 15 Jan. 2020 Visitors can watch how pots are fired in Raku kilns and then buy and glaze a pot for $10. Myrna Petlicki,, "See - or make - art at Stirling Hall bash," 24 Sep. 2019 Near the front was a gorgeous, community wood table, lacquered and smooth after being kiln-baked in Mexico. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Art and whimsy at Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery in Fort Lauderdale," 12 Dec. 2019 The first phase is complete and includes a pottery studio/classroom and kiln room, as well as a multimedia art room and an artist’s studio space for the Arts Cultivate program to help artists get their start. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Celebrating art in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt," 29 Jan. 2020 Officials said kilns at the facility use hydrogen and for some unknown reason levels spiked. USA TODAY, "Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Breaking Bad’ beer, cheetahs, record muskie: News from around our 50 states," 24 Oct. 2019 There are little western houses — one is an art studio, another a workshop with kilns for artisan pottery — and there’s a big barn with a bar in it. Brianne Tracy,, "Farrah Abraham Was the 'Best Man' at Dad Michael's Toga-Themed Wedding — All the Details!," 14 Oct. 2019 A dozen animals grazed in front of a row of several red brick charcoal kilns, built 130 years ago. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Vacation with mountain lions, bobcats and bison only four hours away from Denver," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of kiln

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kiln

Middle English kilne, from Old English cyln, from Latin culina kitchen, from coquere to cook — more at cook

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“Kiln.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kiln

: an oven or furnace that is used for hardening, burning, or drying something (such as pottery)


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Kids Definition of kiln

: a furnace or oven in which something (as pottery) is hardened, burned, or dried

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